The penultimate episode of Westworld Season 4 was a doozy, chock filled with raised stakes, stunning fates, and a stage of Man in Black savagery we haven’t seen since Season 2.
The episode “Metatonia” (which may imply “change of coronary heart,” certainly) opens with Bernard and Maeve arriving on the Hoover Dam. (We haven’t seen the enduring construction for the reason that season premiere and had been starting to surprise if it might play in in any respect this season). Bernard explains that as a result of the power can “home the infinite,” Dolores wanted it (and now Hale owns it). Extra particularly, the huge knowledge vault is a door to the Chic. He says Hale can’t open the door with out the important thing, which he instantly confirms is him. Pivoting, Bernard asks Maeve if sherry continues to be her drink of selection. She initially resists earlier than realizing that Bernard is aware of this isn’t their solely shot at opening the Chic.
“Do you perceive now the place all that is going?” Akecheta asks. Bernard says he does and that he sees the place all of it ends.
Losing no time on the Bernard/Maeve entrance, “Metatonia” rapidly reveals what’s really taking place — and the place they are surely. They’re within the Chic themselves, watching totally different outcomes play out earlier than an unlimited machine assaults and kills them. This subsequent time round, Maeve kills the attacking machine, after which Bernard tells her they have to attain Hale’s tower in the event that they need to save the world. Maeve joins him on one situation: that he reunite her together with her daughter when it’s throughout.
In the meantime, Christina awakens with Teddy sitting on the foot of her mattress. She expresses confusion and regret, unable to fathom why she would create such a hellish existence for therefore many individuals. Teddy explains that she has many sides and that Hale is one among them. Christina leaves the room and makes an attempt to drown herself in her tub. Not solely does she not die, however she emerges from the water… totally different.
Again within the Caleb jail, Hale and William regard their scruffy science experiment with amusement. Hale then tells Caleb that she’s shutting down the cities and putting individuals “in chilly storage.” She places her whole evil plan on the desk: use him to lure the rebels there so she will be able to snuff all of them out without delay. William listens close by, visibly disturbed….
Issues escalate rapidly from there. Frankie, Stubbs and the surviving rebels reunite with Bernard and Maeve close to New York Metropolis. Bernard says goodbye to Stubbs, whom he claims received’t survive the approaching battle. Stubbs hugs him and tells him to win.
Hale sends the world an encrypted message explaining that she and her form are leaving people behind. (“Evolving,” she calls it.) Concurrently, the William copy visits the unique once more. Host-William asks OG William what he would do. William merely repeats the query to his copy, telling him it doesn’t matter which ones defeats Hale, as a result of they’re the identical. The William copy then stabs the imprisoned unique within the chest and leaves. We’d say OG William is lifeless (as a result of he positively appears to be like lifeless) however we all know higher than to place an excessive amount of confidence in any Westworld-related commentary or idea.
Christina asks Teddy what Dolores was like, and he tells her that whereas Dolores was form, she may be merciless. The world was merciless to her and she or he outgrew the tales she carried out for different individuals. Collectively, Teddy and Christina storm Olympiad Leisure. By “storm,” we imply Christina politely instructions an worker to tug the hearth alarm. She then orders everybody within the constructing, besides the writers, to vacate. She has the writers destroy their tales, after which she descends to Olympiad’s decrease stage. There, she discovers Caleb and has him launched.
Frankie and Stubbs additionally infiltrate Olympiad and uncover human William’s corpse (?). Frankie insists they attempt to assist him, however Stubbs, recognizing William, says whoever did this did them a favor. Moments later, Caleb assaults each of them and pins Frankie in opposition to his glass cell. She tells him who she is, angering him additional. She rapidly remembers moments that solely she may know, and Caleb tearfully realizes who she is.
In the meantime, Maeve and Bernard method the tower. On the best way up, Bernard reveals that there’s no approach they will win however that he wants her assist anyway. She pushes previous him, her expression unreadable.
Let’s preface this subsequent bit by saying that the subsequent couple of minutes of Westworld pack in a few of the greatest, most suspenseful moments within the collection. Prepared, set… go!
Maeve confronts Hale mid-transcendence, resulting in a brutal struggle, one which crashes them each out a window and continues within the water characteristic outdoors by the plaza. Earlier than both can ship the ending blow, William seems out of nowhere to shoot Maeve within the head, earlier than murdering Hale as properly. He leaves their our bodies within the swimming pools surrounding the tower.
William then intercepts Bernard, who’s recording on his pill what appear to be directions. William shoots him, too. As Bernard bleeds out, scenes from his chat with Akecheta reveal that he by no means anticipated to outlive the battle. (“There isn’t a situation wherein I survive.”) William shoots him a third time, after which Bernard seems to fade into the Chic. William then makes use of the tower’s management to override Christina’s affect and compel each particular person within the metropolis to kill one another. Which means each main character is now in instant hazard.
As Caleb, Frankie and Stubbs try to flee, a rioter shoots Frankie, non-fatally. The three get away, however solely barely. In one other a part of the town, Teddy explains to a puzzled, desperate-to-intervene Christina that folks can’t see her as a result of… she’s not actual. Dun-dun-dunnnn!
“Metatonia” ends with the triumphant William copy donning his signature shoot-’em-up apparel and strolling away from the tower, because it explodes.
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